JUAN UGARTE got the plaudits but Mark Jones played his part in Wrexham's astonishing 6-4 victory over Hartlepool United in March 2005.

The Reds, handed a 10 point deduction after going into administration, were battling against relegation from League One when they made the trip to Victoria Park.

A 10 goal thriller ensured with Spanish striker Juan Ugarte, enjoying a prolific season for Denis Smith's side, finding the back of the net five times.

Jones got the other goal, putting Wrexham 5-4 ahead before Ugarte completed the scoring on an amazing afternoon in the north east, and the midfielder admits it was an epic match to be involved in.

"That was some game!" said Jones. "It was a very strange game.

"I remember we were losing, we got ahead and then Hartlepool got back level but we went on to win it.

"It was just one of them games where Juan could not stop scoring."

Wrexham make the trip back up north to Hartlepool today and while it might not be as high-scoring as the contest 14 years ago, a win by any scoreline will be welcomed by the promotion chasing Reds.

Bryan Hughes' side ended a run of two successive defeats by beating strugglers Maidstone United 1-0 at The Racecourse on Saturday, on-loan winger Ben Tollitt scoring the only goal on his final appearance before returning to Tranmere Rovers.

Victory leaves third placed Wrexham one point behind leaders Leyton Orient, who have two games in hand, while a host of other teams are also battling it out for the title.

Jones is delighted to see his home-town club in the mix going down the final straight and he hopes the Reds can finish the job off.

"It goes without saying that I keep an eye out for Wrexham's results each week," said Jones.

"It was a good result on Saturday and Wrexham are flying.

"I think any fan would have taken where Wrexham are now at the start of the season.

"Bryan Hughes and Brian Flynn are people who know the club inside out and it is a great opportunity for them.

"Fingers crossed they can do it."

Jones, who came through the youth ranks at The Racecourse, made his first league appearance for Wrexham in the 2002-3 season under Smith.

Previous manager Brian Flynn was no stranger to Jones and has returned to the club as assistant manager to Hughes, prompting the 34-year-old to reminisce about one of his duties as a young trainee.

"I was a YTS player when Brian was manager and I used to clean his boots," said Jones.

"All the lads used to clean the boots of a first team player but I'd have to clean Brian's boots and I used to get a bit of stick for that.

"It was when I left school and for 18 months I cleaned his boots; it didn't take long because they weren't that big!

"Brian was brilliant with me and I don't know whether it was because I was quite small compared to the other lads but Brian took a liking to that.

"When I seen he was coming back to Wrexham I was going to put on twitter 'if you want me to clean your boots, I will come back'."